When you decide to remodel your kitchen, it’s important you get it right, given the size of the investment it will take to get the job done. One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is the type of countertop you will install.
Different types of materials have their own advantages and disadvantages. For help on how to choose the best countertop for your kitchen, here’s a quick overview of some of the most popular materials to consider when choosing a kitchen countertop for your remodeling project:
- Quartz: Quartz countertops are currently the most popular option on the market for people remodeling their homes. This is because quartz doesn’t need to be sealed and requires relatively little maintenance compared to other types of stone. In addition, its seams blend very well; it is very easy to clean; and it is resistant to scratches, stains and heat. Quartz countertops will last you for many years and come in a wide range of colors and patterns. This is likely the best combination of durability, aesthetics and convenience you’ll find on the market.
- Granite: Granite countertops remain extremely popular for many of the same reasons as quartz; however, it is a bit more porous than quartz, which is one of the reasons why it requires more maintenance. It needs to be resealed on a regular basis to prevent stains from setting into the stone and to keep it protected and durable. There are many different choices available for finishes and colors.
- Wood: Wood countertops are a durable surface and one that is convenient for people doing their food prep. Butcher block countertops can be made from a variety of wood species, including hickory, walnut, cherry, maple, mahogany and teak. You will have to be comfortable with the idea of having cuts and scratches in the surface, as the idea is you can chop and prepare food items directly on the surface—but you will need to regularly apply food-safe oils to the wood to seal it and make sure it stays sanitary.
- Marble: Another natural stone option for countertops, marble comes in several thicknesses for countertops and provides a gorgeous and timeless appearance in just about any type of kitchen. Keep in mind, however, that marble is softer and more porous than granite, which makes it even more susceptible to scratches and staining. This means it will require more maintenance to keep it sealed and more care to prevent potential damage from occurring. Despite these potential vulnerabilities, though, marble is a gorgeous countertop option and can add a true sense of luxury to a kitchen.
- Laminate: Laminate countertops are a great budget option but do lack the durability and capabilities of some of the other options mentioned on this list. They’re easy to clean and keep sanitary, and they come in a wide range of colors and styles; however, they are neither heat nor scratch resistant and will not last as long as stone, even when well
For more information about your various countertop options, contact us at Green View Building & Design Company, Inc., and we will help you with the process of choosing a kitchen countertop you can enjoy for years to come.
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